Writing with the kids of Maryborough

I headed out to the Vic­to­rian Gold­fields last week, not to look for gold for I was 160 years too late for that, but to visit grades four, five and six stu­dents from Mary­bor­ough Edu­ca­tion Cen­tre. The kids from MEC hung out with me at the Mary­bor­ough Library and lis­tened as I told sob sto­ries about my child­hood (my pri­mary school crushes were never ful­filled) and explained how I turned my sob sto­ries into a novel (turns out mis­ery makes for good stories).

They were an enthu­si­as­tic bunch of kids who treated me very well and were keen to do some quick group writ­ing too. Together we came up with a cou­ple of short sto­ries involv­ing giant tacos, foot­ball and luu­urve! You can check them out below. And to the kids, librar­i­ans and teach­ers of Mary­bor­ough — thanks for hav­ing me! *waves from Melbourne*


I think that the kids of mary­bor­ough should jump on this idea of a car­niv­o­rous taco before it’s taken on board by some­one like Andy Grif­fiths. Does it shout out non­sen­si­cal Span­ish phrases as it eats peo­ple (or French phrases, see­ing as it knows how to Parkour)?

Dear Andrew, remem­ber thr kids from Mary­bor­ough when they came to see you well I was there and my name is Jack i’m 11-years-old and i’m from the Mary­bor­ough Edu­ca­tion Cen­tre at M.E.C it was awe­some when I saw you and I wish I like too see you again

Sin­cerly, Jack

Dear Andrew, it’s Jack again and I saw your first video blog and it was awesome.

Sin­cerly, Jack

Thanks Jack! I’m glad you enjoyed it. In return I wish you a happy weekend.